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Fira, Santorini, Greece

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Panoramic view of Fira with Cape Akrotiri (distant left), the volcanic island Nea Kameni (center) and Thirassia Island (distant right) in the Santorini Island caldera. Santorini Island, Greece.

Santorini Island (Thira), Municipality of Santorini (Thira), Cyclades Islands Group, Aegean Sea, Greece.

"Santorini, officially Thira and classic Greek Thera, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago, which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, … The municipality of Santorini includes the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Christiana. …Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit.

The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred about 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep. It may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.

It is the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The volcanic arc is approximately 500 km (310 mi) long and 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi) wide. The region first became volcanically active around 3–4 million years ago, though volcanism on Thera began around 2 million years ago with the extrusion of dacitic lavas from vents around the Akrotiri" (Wikipedia).


Location/Subject: Santorini Island, Greece
City/Town: Fira
State/Province: Thera
Country: Greece
Sublocation: Mediterranean Basin
World Region: Europe
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